CHD, Lion on the Processional Street, Babylon - Original 1918 pen & ink drawing
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An original 1918 pen & ink drawing, CHD Lion on the Processional Street, Babylon.
An exquisitely drawn pen and ink image with watercolour colouring of an enamelled brick design from the Processional Street in the ancient city of Babylon. Inscribed "Koldewey" lower left. Robert Johann Koldewey was a German archaeologist, famous for his in-depth excavation of Babylon (in modern-day Iraq).
Initialled and dated lower right.
In excellent condition.
16.7cm x 24.8cm.
This work comes from a sketchbook of drawings by artist C.H.D. depicting scenes, architecture and objects from classical antiquity. Dating from 1918 to 1927, the drawings represent the popular fascination with the “Orient” in Britain at that time – fuelled by the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, and Britain’s control over much of the newly abolished Ottoman Empire. Although the perceived exoticism of the East was romanticised in art, music and literature at that time, these drawings are topographical in style: their outstanding detail and accuracy is achieved through the study of books on archaeology and ethnology, and viewing museum artefacts. As well as depicting scenes from ancient Egypt, Palestine, Babylon, Greece and Rome, the artist is also interested in objects from the British Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, drawing these with equal precision.